I'm sure you've all heard of the earthquake that hit Indonesia recently. So far, "more than 5,846 people were killed, 22,700 others injured and thousands went homeless" [According to Islamonline.net]. I read this moving article, from which I'll quote:
"Finding no other place to go after losing their homes in Saturday's devastating quake, many Indonesian survivors have found solace and a safe haven in the cemetery … Spending their first night in close proximity to dead people, some of the survivors have had horrible nightmares"
"the government would give 3,000 rupiah (33 cents) to each homeless survivor per day for food"
Tonight, we will sleep carefree without a worry on our minds in our confortable beds, under our warm blankets, with a roof over our heads; while these survivors will be spending their nights in a cemetery among the dead.
We rarely miss a quarter that falls from our pockets, and we don't hesitate to spend $1.25 on a softdrink from a vending machine, and don't mind paying 8 to 15 dollars to get a meal from a fast food restaurant; whereas these survivors must cope with little bit more than a quarter a day for food.
What is wrong with this picture? Do you see what needs to be done? Do you know what our responsibility is?
Yes we may be all comfortable in our nice beds tonight, but unless we donate and shelter thesee victims, I can guarentee that we won't find any comfort on the Day of Judgement when Allah asks us about them.
Yes we may be blessed with wealth now, but unless we donate some of it for them, I can guarentee that we will be extremely poor on the Day of Judgement, for on that day, we will panic over the scarcity of good deedds and hasanaat in our accounts.
If 33 cents can feed a survivor for a day, then $3.30 can feed a survivor for 10 days, and $33 for 100 days (close to 3 and 1/2 months). Imagine if everybody donated some of their wealth, look at how much worry and stress would be lifted off the shoulders of these survivors.
Please donate generously. Here are some links to Islamic relief organizations:
Remember that Allah says in the Quran:
"Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah that giveth (you) Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return." [Al-Baqarah: 245]
"The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower" [Al-Baqarah: 261]
And the prophet – peace be upon him – says:
Salim reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “A Muslim is the brother of a fellow-Muslim. He should neither commit oppression upon him nor ruin him, and he who meets the need of a brother, Allah would meet his needs, and he who relieved a Muslim from hardship Allah would relieve him from the hardships to which he would be put on the Day of Resurrection, and he who did not expose (the follies of a Muslim) Allah would conceal his follies on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim: Book 032, 6251]
عن عقيل عن الزهري عن سالم عن أبيه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “ المسلم أخو المسلم لا يظلمه ولا يسلمه من كان في حاجة أخيه كان الله في حاجته ومن فرج عن مسلم كربة فرج الله عنه بها كربة من كرب يوم القيامة ومن ستر مسلما ستره الله يوم القيامة
Please keep me in your du'a.